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19 July 2007 @ 11:46 pm
Where is the Japanese summer?  
Like layers peeling away from an onion, I feel the recent weeks of displeasure and unhappiness slowly but steadily lifting away from me. Maybe the analogy is especially appropriate because onions are my favorite vegetable. *yummy*

I hate my recent unhappiness being as simple as work, but that's more or less what it boils down to in the end. Not the work so much as the fact that it's not right for me. To say, I've said a million times that my job is alright. It's easy, usually doesn't take a lot of time, etc. But it's been eating up my time recently, I've been scheduled far more heavily than normal for this early in the year. This means a payoff later in the year with more time off, but also more stress now. A lot more stress now, and I've basically been working nonstop without a break (other than weekends) for months right from the get-go. I started earlier than normal, and worked far more than normal, yet get paid the same because it's a salary job. Good for later in the year, obviously, but bad for right now.

The thing really is... by the time that I'm done with work, I'm so tired that even if I have time, I'm too exhausted physically to spend my time on things that I like to do. No time to work on my dreams, or my hobbies, or spend with me friends (weekends = friends or house stuff, but weekdays are shot even if I have "time"). It's hard to be able to do what makes me happy. But... soon it'll be over!! After Monday, I'm free for the summer from this job!! (Still have the other one, a meeting and then I"m free!! But the other job is fine).

I can't WAIT for vacation!!!! I"m spending 5 days in Osaka to kick it off, then I am going to have Tenimyu and my birthday party right when I come back. Should be a ton of fun! I bought some of the things to make a pinata, I just have to decide now what to make it look like. I'm thinking Pikachu's head, because there might be something primally satisfying about bashing in the head of my favorite electric mouse while blindfolded. A little like the game, perhaps? (Sorry Gin!). I <3 PIkachu. =D

I actually wrote a lot while I was at work today, intending to type it up when I got home, but it's way past my bedtime, so I think that I'll call it a rest here, as far as this issue's concerned. Expect a post from me sometime soon about pursuing my dreams and how that's going. A far better topic, if you ask me! =D

And I am also very excited for the last Harry Potter book. I heard from Eda that it's been leaked all over the internet by someone with access and a camera phone, and that the events are quite shocking. I'm sure that I'll enjoy it either way. I hope that Luna and Ginny don't die! I would miss them too much.

On the book front, I read the book The Kite Runner, last week. It was AMAZING. I literally couldn't put it down, and I took it in the bath with me (and got it wet... bad because it was a library book), and walked down the street reading it. It was really good, and I highly recommend it. I found the account of life in Afghanistan very eye-opening. At some points, gruesome and morbid, at other light and funny, I think that it's the best book that I've read in the last few years. On the far end of the spectrum, a book that I'd heard a lot about, The Life of Pi, I've found to be dull and completely uninspiring. Maybe it'll get better later on? Has anyone read it?

And I know this is random, but:
-An absolutely gorgeous picture of a cluster of galaxies: http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap070719.html
-FujiQ Highlands is building a Gundam-themed amusement land??? http://www.fujiq.jp/gundam/ I am fascinated with the logistics of giant robots, so I really, really want to go! All the more reason to get my butt out to FujiQ finally!!

It's been really, really cold recently! I can't help but wonder what in the world is wrong with the weather. It's been in the 70s, rainy, and cold for at least 2 weeks now. Jacket weather........ >.>;; What happened to summer????
[hikari]x_hikari on July 19th, 2007 03:29 pm (UTC)
I love love love the Kite Runner, but sometimes I just got so frustrated and mad at Amir that I wanted to stab my book, which i wouldn't, but I really wanted to xDD

personally, I didn't really like The Life of Pi, it just wasn't as great as everyone said it to be, I was kind of disappointed

akibareakibare on July 19th, 2007 03:37 pm (UTC)
I extremely sympathize on the tired after work thing, as I also struggle with that. I have found that when possible, if I wake UP early and try to do personal projects in the morning, before work, things progress better. I have external pressures to go to work, so I do, but I don't "have" to do my personal projects (meaning, no one will fire me or anything) so it's too easy to let them slide if I wait until evening. In the morning I wake up full of excitement for my own projects, if I can satisfy some of that in the morning, it helps. Success at this plan of course varies. :D

Ah, Fujikyuu Hailand. I remember going there on a field trip from school, when I was a kid and you had to buy tickets for all the rides separately. The cheap kid ticket books didn't have the "E tickets" for the big coaster at the time and they were 500 yen alone, but we paid... they had one of those rooms where it spins really fast and you stick to the wall, too. Plus lots of good haunted houses. Looks like they still have good haunted houses :)

I love that rainy picture. Do you have other rain pictures? I do like a warm rain in the summer, or storms, even, when I am sitting outside but under an awning or porch, or maybe by a window. Here we had crazy marble sized HAIL Tuesday morning, while I was walking to work, I had to take refuge in a building, it was insane. But, kinda cool too, in a way. Even if it DOES pretty much feel like someone chucking rocks at your head...

Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 19th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
Ahh that sounds great, to work on projects in the morning!! I already have to get up at 6 to get ready in time, though, so there really isn't any time to spend on myself. It's quite sad, really.. ;__;

That picture is from a video that I took of the torrential rains the other day. I'd post the video, but I haven't had enough time to sit there and wait for it. ^^;
ex_betterino391ex_betterino391 on July 19th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
Hey, I'm sorry that this is so random but... I really like your layout -- is it an override of smooth sailing? If so, would you mind if I used it?
Hi-chan (火ちゃん)hinoai on July 19th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
Thanks. ^^ It's actually a stylesheet, but it's not my design. You'd have to ask sana_chan if you can use it. But if you do, please don't use any of my graphics (header, background, etc)!
Mindamindaroth on July 19th, 2007 11:35 pm (UTC)
I feel stupid for going through Amazon now. It's so dreadful to have to sit around and wait all day, wondering when a package might come. I hope they bring it early...wah!

But on the other hand, I don't have a decent sized bookstore anywhere near here, out in the boonies. At least I can let Harry into my home while in my PJ's. I will comfort myself with that fact.
Hi-chan (火ちゃん): Harry Potter - Harry Glowing cone of lighinoai on July 20th, 2007 06:01 am (UTC)
You can still cancel it, I think, if you hurry and still wanna pick it up at the store. ^^ I was worried about the time that it would come in, too, and since Kinokuniya is the same price as Amazon, I decided to just give in and go and pick it up!! (And I'm guaranteed to get it sooner that way!)

Of course, Harry in pjs probably beats getting up for Harry and leaving the house at 7 am (It's the same time I leave for work, ack!)
chibichan03 on July 20th, 2007 01:53 am (UTC)
OMG, I can't wait to read the last HP story. I just got an e-mail that it has been shipped out today! It will be sent home, I am contemplating having my mom send it up to me as I will be up in Alaska until August 12th.